• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 

    • What are the tuition fees for VPI?
      • The VPI preschool program is free.
    •  Where are the ACPS-VPI programs located? 
      • Early Childhood Center located at the John Adams Elementary School campus (9 classrooms)
      • William Ramsay Elementary School (2 classrooms)
      • Jefferson-Houston School (1 classroom) 
    • Is transportation provided for VPI students? 
      • Families can apply for a free DASH bus pass for the school year through the Office of Early Childhood.  
      • School buses are not available for VPI programs  
    • Is there before and after school care? 
      • No, the VPI program only offers a full-day preschool program. 
    • What schedule do the VPI students follow?
      • The VPI preschool program follows the ACPS school year calendar. 
      • William Ramsay Elementary School: School doors open for drop-off at 7:45. School start at 8:00. School ends at 2:35.  
      • Jefferson-Houston School: School doors open for drop-off at 7:45. School start at 8:00. School ends at 2:35.  
      • Early Childhood Center located at the John Adams Elementary School campuses (ECC): School doors open for drop-off at 8:00. School start at 8:00. School ends at 2:50. 
    • How does the waitlist work?  
      • Once you have completed your registration, you will be placed on the VPI waitlist for one or all of our VPI-ACPS locations. Slots will only become available if a student is withdrawn for any reason. Once a slot becomes available, the Office of Early Childhood will contact the family with an offer letter.   
    •  How many students are in each class?
      • There is a minimum of 16 students in each of our VPI classes.
      • Each class has a full-time certified teacher and instructional assistant.
    •  What is the curriculum in the VPI preschool program?
      • ACPS uses The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. It is one of the most widely used preschool curricula in the nation. It’s comprehensive and research-based and features exploration and discovery as a way of learning.
    •  Are meals provided in school?
      • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are available to students.
      • A student may receive free/reduced-price meals after completing a Meal Application. Application forms are available before the start of the school year at a school’s main office or can be downloaded from the ACPS website (https://www.acps.k12.va.us/nutrition
    •  Why is there a home visit?
      • The home visit aims to help the child make a smooth transition from home to school and create a positive connection between the teacher and the child’s family.
      • A home visit is a special time that families can share about their child and their family.
      • Teachers will also share valuable information during the home visit to help a family prepare their child to be successful in school.
      • Home visits will likely be scheduled virtually for SY 21-22
    • Will my child attend specials offered at the school?
      • Yes, VPI preschool children participate in art, music, physical education, and the library.
      • VPI preschool children also participate in other school-wide activities and special offerings as appropriate.
    •  Will my child be able to take a nap?
      • Yes, VPI preschool children have a rest time in the afternoon.
    •  What does it mean to be “toilet trained”?
      • Acceptance into the VPI preschool program is for children who are toilet trained.
      • The Office of Early Childhood understands that being toilet trained is a developmental skill that children can reach at different ages. Therefore, they request that parents select the preschool option only if their child is toilet trained.
      • The VPI preschool program does not provide staffing or facilities to provide toilet training for children.
      • A toilet-trained child wears underwear during the day at school and at home, uses the bathroom independently, indicates the need to use the bathroom, and can remove most clothes as necessary with little adult assistance.
      • A child is not yet considered toilet trained for ACPS preschool programs if the child continues to have toileting accidents after the first month of school; has 8 or more toileting accidents in the first month, or has a toileting accident three or more times a week during a three week period of a time.
    • How do I learn about my child’s progress in VPI?
      • Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year. You may request a conference with your child’s teacher at any time.